December 2010 – No More Heroes


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DCXCVIII – December 2010

Running total Highest chart placing The song and who did it
7466
1
WHAT’S MY NAME?
Rihanna featuring Drake
7467
4
THINKING OF ME
Olly Murs
7468
1
HEROES
X-Factor Finalists 2010
7469
6
WHO’S THAT CHICK?
David Guetta featuring Rihanna
7470
3
POISON
Nicole Scherzinger
7471
2
WHIP MY HAIR
Willow
7472
10
HOLD MY HAND
Michael Jackson featuring Akon
7473
8
MANY OF HORROR
Biffy Clyro
7474
3
SURFIN’ BIRD
Trashmen
7475
1
WHEN WE COLLIDE
Matt Cardle

 

What’s My Name? isn’t a patch on Only Girl (In The World), but there’s worse songs than this inching their way up the Top 40 this week. Olly Murs’s latest single is very pleasant and equally forgettable, whereas the cover of Heroes, although it raised a bucketload of cash for charity and good on it for that, successfully sandblasts all the power and feeling (not to mention one or two entire verses) from the original. Nope. Buy David Bowie’s song and donate 79p to Help For Heroes instead, that way you’ll help the charity out andget a good song into the bargain, that’s my advice.

Who’s That Chick? Is extremely silly, and yet despite its best efforts, it isn’t terrible. I know, I’m surprised too. Poison starts off with the sort of music I haven’t heard since I had my ZX Spectrum, and only improves from there.

Does Whip My Hair annoy the kids it’s aimed at as much as it does me? I very much doubt it.

In Hold My Hand, the late Michael Jackson comes up with a better song than the living Michael Jackson managed for at least his last two albums. In January, Many Of Horror reached No.20, and here it is at the other end of the year, re-entering the chart inside the Top Ten. It’s an impressive achievement and a fairly impressive song too, and there’s a good reason for its sudden reactivation. First though, the bird is the word. Yes, really it is. Moving back to Many Of Horror after that brief interlude then, and here’s why Biffy Clyro’s single did what it did – the fans were trying to get it to outsell Matt Cardle’s cover (now renamed When We Collide to make it sound a touch more radio-friendly). What with Biffy Clyro, the Trashmen and Cage Against The Machine’s 4′33″(I’m not joking, it really was four minutes and thirty-three seconds of musicians not playing), there wasn’t the single focus point for people who didn’t like the X-Factor to go for, so Matt Cardle won this round at a canter. He sings it well enough, but the original is a juggernaut in comparison.

2010 is now done. Onwards, to 2011!